Saraswati Puja is celebrated on Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami that marks the beginning of the spring season. Basant means spring and Panchami means "the fifth day", so Vasant Panchami literally means the fifth day of the spring season. The day is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja and the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Saraswati, is worshipped on this day. Popular in Bengal, Odisha and North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja day is an auspicious one. According to drikpanchang.com, Vasant Panchami Muhurat is 10:45 am to 12:34 pm. The Panchami Tithi Begins at 10:45 am on January 29 and Panchami Tithi Ends at 1:19 pm on January 30, 2020.
On Saraswati Puja, women get ready in bright yellow sarees and men wear traditional kurtas and offer flowers and prasad to the goddess. On this day, children worship Goddess Saraswati, who is the deity of music, culture and learning. The Saraswati Puja is also referred as "no study day" for them. Students place their books, pens and musical instruments beside the idol for the entire day om Saraswati Puja to seek Goddess' blessings.
In Bengal, a three-day holiday is announced from Wednesday to Friday on account of Saraswati Puja. With Saturday and Sunday being weekend holidays, the state government employees are set to get a five-day break.
On the auspicious occasions of Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja, political leaders, celebrities, artists greeted the people.
Greetings and best wishes on #BasantPanchami. May Maa Saraswati bless all with wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Let us welcome the Spring season hoping for prosperity in everybody's lives.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) January 29, 2020
समस्त देशवासियों को बसंत पंचमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। माँ सरस्वती आपको विद्या, विवेक और वैभव दें। माँ सरस्वती की आराधना और प्रकृति के उत्सव का यह पर्व आपके जीवन में नयी उमंग लेकर आए।#वसंतपंचमी#VasantPanchami2020#VasantPanchami#BasantPanchamipic.twitter.com/OmMvMUqxbo— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) January 29, 2020
On Basant Panchami, devotees worship Goddess Saraswati to get enlighten with knowledge and get rid of lethargy.